Human Beings: Purpose of Human Life

                                                                  Q. I have been wondering about a lot a issues related to religion. I wonder if you can help me find some answers and direction. I sometimes feel confused. Knowing that we are going to die, what is the point of living?

                                                                  [NOTE: This question was presented by a 13 year old. The language within the answer has been chosen accordingly.]

                                                                  Q. What does the phrase "simple living and high thinking" mean?

                                                                  One who understands the purpose of life can simplify his life so as to direct all his energies and endeavors towards fulfilling that purpose. All human endeavors are meant to be purposefully directed according to scriptural codes. When we do this, one's needs are minimized to those possessions, facilities, information and situations essential towards this end, thus one's life automatically becomes simplified.

                                                                  Q. A friend of mine told me that he does not believe in God. His explanation was "I don't believe in anything. I have no need. If I come across something that I cannot explain, I accept the fact that I cannot explain it. I feel that it is a very hard thing to do and I feel those who believe in God cannot do that. They need some way to explain things and God is just an excuse. I believe the ones who believe in God are so weak within that they need someone to blame their mishaps or their wrongs upon."

                                                                  Q. 1. As per the Bhagavad-gita sloka 4.8 "paritranaya sadhunam, vinasaya ca duskrtam.." the Godhead commits Himself to come to the world for performing His duties. This being the case, how we can aspire for a condition of no birth?